Leonard Woolf: Book summary and reviews of Leonard Woolf by Victoria Glendinning

Leonard Woolf

A Biography

by Victoria Glendinning

Leonard Woolf by Victoria Glendinning
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2006
    512 pages
    Genre: Biographies/Memoirs

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Award-winning biographer Victoria Glendinning draws on her deep knowledge of the twentieth century literary scene, and on her meticulous research into previously untapped sources, to write the first full biography of the extraordinary man who was the "dark star" at the center of the Bloomsbury set, and the definitive portrait of the Woolf marriage. A man of extremes, Leonard Woolf was ferocious and tender, violent and self-restrained, opinionated and nonjudgmental, always an outsider of sorts within the exceptionally intimate, fractious, and sometimes vicious society of brilliant but troubled friends and lovers.

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"Starred Review. This lucid biography is enhanced by Glendinning's humane and perceptive insight into Woolf's conflicted personality as well as by her assessment of his signal role in the literary flowering and political issues of the early 20th century." - PW.
"A closely reasoned, well-researched and eminently fair account of a gifted and giving man who married a miracle." - Kirkus.
"Starred Review. A satisfying portrait of a neglected figure." - Booklist.

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